Backlog of 400+ Writing Jobs – Need Your Help (Here’s Proof that SEO Writing Rates Will Increase in 2013)
Good afternoon, Yuwanda. I hope you had a great Xmas. We did up here (snowing now). I hear Atlanta had some major storms yesterday and I hope you and your family stayed warm and dry.
I just received the e-mail below from a site I had approached awhile ago. I turned her down (pay too low for me), but told her I’d pass it along to you. Perhaps you could post it at SEOWritingJobs.com or InkwellEditorial.com.
Happy New Year and continued great success to you in 2013!
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From: [Editor Name / Email Address]
Date: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM
Subject: Backlog of 400+ Writing Jobs – Need Your Help
To: [Freelancer Name / Email Address]
Hi [Freelancer name] – this is [Editor Name] with [Company name]. You signed up as a writer with us in the past, so I wanted to see if you could do me a personal favor.
We have a few agency clients that recently posted a large # of job requests to our writer job board. Currently, there are over 400 jobs waiting to be taken.
I was wondering if you might be able to take a few of these jobs to help out with the current backlog.
Most of these jobs are low-paying (1.4c per word). ) Many of the articles are only a few paragraphs with the potential to make a few dollars. However, they are fairly straightforward and do not require any specialized expertise in the category. (emphasis added)
Many of our writers write high volumes of these each day so they can make a few hundred extra dollars per month. Also, by taking these lower-paying jobs, you can start to build your writing portfolio and earn a high rating. This will give you access to higher paying jobs in the future. The ultimate goal would be to find a handful of good paying, long term clients who will give you steady work.
If you’re willing to help me out and take some of these jobs, please just log-in to your writer account here: [company website] ( you can use the Forgot Password feature if you need to).
(Note: If you haven’t finished signing up yet, it should only take a few minutes to complete the steps.)
Thanks for considering,
Note: I took out names, email addresses and company names to protect the identity of the freelancer who sent me this email, as well as the name of the company because I don’t advertise such low-paying writing gigs on this blog.
FYI, I called your attention to the text in bold because I want you to realize that this is the hook that many companies use to lure freelancers (especially new freelance writers) into taking on low-paying article writing gigs.
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MY RESPONSE TO THIS FREELANCER ABOUT LOW-PAYING ONLINE WRITING JOBS
Hey [Freelancer Name],
It’s good to hear from you. Hope you had a good holiday. I did — we had rain and wind (I would’ve preferred some of your snow!) but no damage, so thank the lord for that.
As for the job listing, the pay is too low for me to list on SeoWritingJobs. I like to only post jobs that pay some semblance of a living wage, which I realize is subjective. But again, these jobs pay too little.
Thanks for passing them along though.
Have a great New Year!
FREELANCER’S RESPONSE TO ME
Whew! My mind ISN’T screwy then. I almost said ‘what the hell,’ I could use some quick dough to get through the slow holiday. But then realized how much work is involved whether I’m paid $7 for 500 words or $35 or even $50 and said no.
Happy New Year to you!
MY FINAL RESPONSE TO THIS FREELANCER
[RE] low-paying gigs, yeah, I get what you mean — and no, your mind isn’t screwy. It’s a good sign that they have a “backlog” of writing jobs at this rate because it signals to me that many writers are wising up and just saying “no.”
Happy New Year to you too! I had a great 2012, and am looking forward to 2013.
3 REASONS SEO WRITING RATES ARE ON THE RISE
In my opinion, SEO writing rates are increasing because:
(i) Quality Content Needed: Companies are increasingly realizing the need for quality content – and are starting to invest in it. I’ve been saying this for the last couple of years – and the proof is in the pudding. Where’s the [pudding] proof? The SitePoint article, 6 Ways SEO Will Change in 2013, put it succinctly, stating:
Whether web owners and professionals like it or not, content will continue as the king online. High quality, well-written, expertly displayed, functionally useful content will still hold the key to ranking well for target search terms. Any site needs to have compelling and unique content that has good readability and provides a rich user experience. Half the search battle is won if a website follows this cardinal rule, and that will only become more true in 2013 and beyond.
(ii) Need for Qualified SEO Talent is On the Rise: Because of the above, more sites need the skills of highly trained, qualified SEO writers. And, they’re not that easy to come by. Proof?
There has been a surge in demand for search marketing related jobs over the past three to four years. One obstacle for both agency and in-house SEO departments will be a lack of talent. This is true for all experience levels. [Source: SearchEngineWatch.com, Critical Components to SEO Success in 2013].
(iii) Google Updates: Google is always doing updates; they probably always will. And, every time they do, site rankings can shift. Proof? We’ve discussed this before. Read: Getting SEO Writing Jobs: A Freelancer Asks, “Will Google’s Latest Update (Penguin) Mean Less Work for SEO Article Writers?”
More proof that SEO writing rates (and other SEO service rates) are increasing? The SearchEngineWatch.com article I linked to above (Critical Components to SEO Success in 2013) states:
Future Panda updates will also necessitate higher quality on-site content, further increasing – [SEO] copywriting costs.
From $15 Per SEO Article to $35 Per SEO Article – Just Like That!
Just a couple of days ago, I was corresponding with another SEO writer who told me that one of her New Year’s resolutions was to kick low-paying clients to the curb. She said she was gonna “close my eyes and raise my rates to $35 – and stick to it!”
She had been charging $10 per article, and sometimes $15.
Today, she emailed me to let me know she’d landed a client who ordered 6 articles – and they didn’t even quibble with her new rate ($35/per).
See? When you do the “right” thing by yourself (your business), the universe rewards that. At least that’s my belief.
More sites are coming online every day. This makes it harder to get found online, which means the need for SEO services like search copywriting, keyword research, site optimization, etc. is only growing.
Are you prepared to take advantage?
I hope so.
See you back here in the New Year. Speaking of . . .
FIRST POST IN 2013 (Jan 2) . . .
What SEO Writers Need to Know in 2013: I’ve been doing a lot of trolling the web the past couple of weeks, staying abreast of what’s old and new in SEO writing. So, I’ll be covering some of the most important things SEO content writers need to know going into the new year.
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